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Terrain Parks - Ski Cooper

Rider's Guide

A smaller and more intimate resort than the average Colorado ski area with four lifts that take you up to 26 trails. Enjoy 250 inches of deep powder on their longest run of 7,400 feet. Their trails are rated 30 percent for beginners, 40 percent for intermediates, 30 percent for advanced.

Parks and Pipes

No terrain park, but with the amazing natural features you'll be able to enjoy.

Out of Bounds

There is some amazing winter terrain to explore in the San Isabel National Forest. Close to the ski area is some great cross-country skiing: The Piney Creek Nordic Center has 25 kilometers of groomed cross-country track and skating. If you've ever wanted to tour the Continental Divide by snowmobile this is your chance as machine rentals are available. You can even get to the top of Chicago Ridge by snowcat for a really wild adventure. You must try the Mega Mountain Magic Breakfast & Weenie Roast horseback rides, and go to their half day, full day, and overnight pack trips, where you start riding at 10,000 feet and go up from there. Catch some monster fish on fishing trips to the local Alpine lakes. You can also explore some of the mines that made the area famous in the 19th century.

Hangout & Hookup

The Silver Dollar Saloon on Harrison Avenue is the most famous Irish bar in the area established in 1879 and features great pub grub and of course full bar service daily for lunch and dinner. You have to check out the Boomtown Brewpub, the resident sports bar for fun and good times while you catch the big game on their two huge-screen TVs. La Cantina has a very popular bar to hang out by while you munch on their famous homemade tamales and tortillas. Other local favorites include the Stringtown Tavern, Quincy's Steak & Spirits, the Pastime Saloon, the Silver King Lounge, the Golden Burro Lounge, and the Leadville Prospector. You will be at about twice as high above sea level as Denver, so the couple of drinks you wouldn't even feel in town will get you absolutely sauced at over 10,000 feet.

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